Bean Foundation seeks input on Westside

Bean Foundation seeks input on Westside

Envisioning future uses What would you like to see in the Westside Building if it eventually...

Highway 97/J Street project gets underway

Highway 97/J Street project gets underway

Groundbreaking March 4 Even though work on the U.S. Highway 97/J Street project started two weeks...

MAC revises pricing schedule

MAC revises pricing schedule

For adult, youth sports The Madras Aquatic Center is instituting a new pricing policy for both...

JCMS adjusts to 200 fewer students

JCMS adjusts to 200 fewer students

One wing of school closed With 200 fewer students, due to the opening of the new Warm Springs K-8...

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Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Excavation work has begun on the site for the new Lake Chinook Fire and Rescue station, near Three Rivers. Completion is scheduled for June.
March 04, 2015

Three Rivers breaks ground on fire station

by Madras Pioneer
For Lake Chinook Fire and Rescue After four years and overcoming many obstacles, Lake Chinook Fire and Rescue has broken ground on its new fire station. The new station plans include a nearly…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Victoria Santellano Rodriguez, left, and Gustavo Basa.
March 04, 2015

CODE arrests two locals

by Holly M. Gill
Redmond drug bust Following a year-long investigation into drug trafficking in Central Oregon, the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team arrested 14 people and searched numerous residences in…
March 04, 2015

Temperatures unusually warm

by Madras Pioneer
For third month in a row For the third month in a row — December through February — temperatures have been unusually warm, according to preliminary data from the National Weather Service in…
March 04, 2015

Madras woman seriously injured

by Susan Matheny
A Madras woman, Erin Potampa, 39, was taken to St. Charles Bend by air ambulance following an evening accident near Warm Springs. The Oregon State Police report said around 11:27 p.m., on Feb.…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Metolius City Attorney Steve Bryant swears in Tryna Muilenburg as a new city councilor for Metolius.
March 04, 2015

Muilenburg new councilor in Metolius

by Madras Pioneer
Metolius resident Tryna Muilenburg was sworn as a new Metolius City Council member at the February council meeting. She was appointed to serve a four-year term. The council has one more opening…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Tim and Alexa Gassner, of Madras, help their sons, Cole, 7, in the foreground, and Jake, 5, look through spotting scopes directed toward eagle nests on Sunday, at the 20th annual Eagle Watch.
February 25, 2015

Eagle Watch draws about 550 for event

by Holly M. Gill
20th celebration of local raptors Weather wasn't quite as warm as expected, but some 550 people made the trip to Round Butte Overlook Park on Saturday and Sunday for the 20th annual Eagle Watch.…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden responds to education concerns from Madras High School teacher Carrie McPeak, at left, during his annual town hall meeting Saturday, at the Madras City Hall.
February 25, 2015

Wyden listens to concerns

by Holly M. Gill
Wilderness areas, CRR access and education topics Honoring his pledge to visit every county in the state every year, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden returned to Jefferson County for his 19th annual town…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF THE OREGON STATE ARCHIVES - The preamble to the Oregon Constitution is part of the historic document that needs vital repairs.
February 25, 2015

Schoolchildren asked to help restore Oregon Constitution document

by Shasta Kearns Moore
A $60,000 campaign would restore and permanently display the 158-year-old document To address a longtime funding shortage, the Oregon secretary of state's office has issued a challenge to…
Photo Credit: SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER - The property owner runs an excavator to dig out rubble on the old Madras Hotel.
February 25, 2015

Demolition begins on old Madras Hotel

by Susan Matheny
Demolition and site cleanup of the old Madras Hotel began on Feb. 18, with property owner Miguel Segoviano, of Redmond, doing the work. Jack Billings, president of Alpine Abatement Associates…
February 25, 2015

Former DRCI counselor found dead in Bend hotel

by Holly M. Gill
During trial for alleged abuse of two teen girls Jon Michael Yeakey, 44, a former counselor at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution, who was in the midst of a jury trial for the alleged sexual…

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Feb 25, 2015

Athletic sanctions discussed

by Susan Matheny
PAC ribbon-cutting set A formal ribbon-cutting for the new Madras Performing Arts Center will be held during the Chamber Coffee Cuppers at 8 a.m., Friday, March 6, to emphasize the PAC's…
Feb 25, 2015

Woman cited in pedestrian accident

by Susan Matheny
Madras police have cited Barbara Smith, 44, of Madras, for failure to obey a traffic control device and yield to a pedestrian in a cross walk in connection with a Feb. 16 accident which injured…
Feb 25, 2015

April Stream condition improves

by Holly M. Gill
Following Feb. 18 accident in Gilliam County Culver resident April Stream, who is the supervisor of the Frontier Regional 911 dispatch center in Condon, was involved in a single-vehicle crash in…
Feb 25, 2015

Grant funds available for local projects

by Madras Pioneer
Promoting economic development Every year, the city of Madras contributes up to $80,000 to community projects that promote economic development. Over the past year, the Community Projects Grant…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Jesica Alavez, a senior at Madras High School in the SMILE program, shows science teacher Scott Coles how to use the school's 11-inch Celestron telescope, purchased by SMILE (Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences).
Feb 18, 2015

Students to look for objects in Kuiper Belt

by Jeff Wilson
Searching the stars It might be harder to tell just who has the bigger smile these days — Scott Coles or his students. After what has transpired over the last couple of months, your best bet is…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Joe McHaney, who was hired as the Madras Aquatic Center's executive director in April 2014, has been working to make sports fees more equitable for district patrons. Feb. 16, the MAC District Board of Directors approved a new sports fee schedule that takes into account the costs of each program.
Feb 18, 2015

MAC revamps sports fee schedule

by Holly M. Gill
In-water team sport fees increase The Madras Aquatic Center is revamping its fee schedule for both in- and out-of-water sports to make the fees more equitable. At Monday night's meeting of the…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Emergency personnel attend to a pedestrian struck by a pickup truck Monday afternoon.
Feb 18, 2015

Pedestrian struck, injured

by Holly M. Gill
Madras businessman Local businessman Garry Boyd, owner of Great Earth, was struck by a pickup truck and injured Monday afternoon, when he tried to cross Fourth Street at D Street, adjacent to…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Aquila, a blind golden eagle, will return to Eagle Watch this year.
Feb 18, 2015

Eagle Watch coming Feb. 21-22

by Madras Pioneer
At PGE Overlook Park The 20th annual Eagle Watch celebration will be Feb. 21-22, at Round Butte Overlook Park and the Cove Palisades State Park a little more than 11 miles west of Madras. The…
Feb 18, 2015

W.S. Principal DeSousa to retire

by Susan Matheny
At the Feb. 9 meeting of the 509-J Board of Directors, the retirement of Warm Springs K-8 Academy Principal Glenna DeSousa was accepted. She will serve as principal until the end of the school…
Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY OF OREGON STATE POLICE - A motorcyclist's saddle bag got caught in his wheel, causing a crash on Highway 216, on the northern boundary of the Warm Springs Reservation on Sunday.
Feb 18, 2015

Serious injuries in motorcycle wreck

by Madras Pioneer
Motorcyclist listed in critical condition A Gresham man, Arthur Brandon Kem, 45, was seriously injured Sunday morning in a motorcycle crash on State Route 216, milepost 17, on the northern…




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